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Hurts to say but Ballin won't be in first grade next year.

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Top End Eagle, Jul 20, 2015.

  1. Top End Eagle

    Top End Eagle Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +2,066 /136
    Has been a wonderful servant. I have defended him and hoped there was a way to utilise him next year but after today's game it's not feasible to carry him next year. He was totally outclassed by Granville. Our forwards were dominated playing off the service he delivered and there wasn't a sliver of hesitation in the opposition defensive line. Hodges stuffed up a couple of times but at least the forwards weren't walking around with a massive target on their chest when he was in dummy half.

    And Hiku? FMD Tooves. Wolfman an would have been better.
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    • wombatgc

      wombatgc Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

      +4,512 /73
      He was no where near our worst. How can you get momentum when your forwards are getting arse raped.
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      • bob dylan

        bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

        +6,440 /192
        This is the whole point.

        If Nate Myles doesnt bring his angry head to Brrokvale next season he might as well stay on the Coast because he will be no good to us.

        If only we still had Glenn or Kitey or Kingy or Joe G or Choc. At least they had pride in our jersey.

        PONTIAN SEA EAGLE Well-Known Member

        +1,521 /114
        He's no longer effective.Not enough running with the ball,little in attack,he's to predictable.Only positive is his tackling.
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        • sheridanstand78

          sheridanstand78 Well-Known Member

          +4,867 /73
          Our pack was obliterated tonight. No thrust from dummy half then Their second hooker comes on and destroys our ruck. I think the writing is on the wall for him as a full time hooker. We are too slow at the play the ball.
        • The Who

          The Who Well-Known Member Premium Member

          +7,250 /173
          There are just too many average first graders in our pack.
          Wonder how BJ and Tom Turbo enjoyed their week off?
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          • Mals

            Mals Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

            +1,652 /39
            Hodges is not 1st grade standard. If Ballin is still around next year he will share the role with Api.
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            • Top End Eagle

              Top End Eagle Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

              +2,066 /136
              I watched our forwards get the ball three metres behind the ruck when Ballin was at 9 and with three Cows forwards, who knew for certain who would be getting it, swarming them.

              This is why the forwards aren't getting a roll on. It's a chicken and egg scenario - a good dummy half now days makes space for his hit up merchants and likewise receives more space when they cross the advantage line. Granville basically threw the ball half a metre forward all night but with a little shimmy-shuffle and a ball right on the advantage line so the cows forwards (and they didn't even have Tamou) were encroaching with every run.
            • master blaster

              master blaster Well-Known Member

              +859 /5
              yeah,especially with the new interchange rules supposedly coming in next year,we will need someone nippy from dummy half
            • anthonyb1965

              anthonyb1965 GO Manly Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

              +893 /25
              I didn't see anything wrong with Ballin's service and it makes me laugh after everyone wanted Hodges for 20 mins a game, he is now not up to 1st grade standard!

              Please stop the madness.
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              • KOMORI

                KOMORI Born and bred an Eagle

                +3,716 /62
                Granville would take a few steps and draw the markers before offloading a very flat pass to a forward charging at the advantage line. This, plus the Valium like defensive line speed from our forwards just gifted them 5m with every touch. Then they hit the line and gain another 5-10m, and it just snowballs. Very rarely did our forwards stop them cold on the advantage line. Without Jake's stout technique our forwards get monstered in the initial body contact in defense, and give up meters pretty meekly.

                Remember when we used to destroy teams with aggressive in your face defense that just stopped them cold? Often we would gain meters with TACKLES, by busting their ass and smashing them backwards. Don't see that anymore.

                So we lack go forward, we lack defensive punch and instill zero fear in opposition forwards. Not a good situation.
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